The Material Girls patchwork group is currently represented by nine friends from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, who are bound together by our mutual love of all things patchwork and quilting. We have been meeting for 17 years, with an ebb and flow of members over that time. Our monthly meetings in one anotherâ€™s homes are something we all look forward to, for the opportunity to stitch, laugh and learn together.
For the previous 13 years, coinciding with the busy June long weekend Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft, we conduct an exhibition of quilts and patchwork items showcasing our own work as well as quilts made by the many other keen and clever stitchers in our Shire. A lot of people have come to look forward to our show as a welcome additional attraction to the Rodeo weekend of activities, held in the historic Outback Arts art deco gallery setting.
We are proud to be able to say that all the work in our display has not been previously shown, and that there are regularly upwards of 30 fully sized quilts on exhibit, which transforms the venue into a most colourful maze. The workmanship and talent is easily equal to any of the big city shows. There are prizes to be won here too, with the â€œViewersâ€™ Choiceâ€ a highly sought after award, as well as a lucky door prize. Money raised over this exhibition fortnight goes to local groups and charities that assist country people. While our raison dâ€™Ãªtre may be to encourage quilting and patchwork crafts in particular, our support of one another through thick and thin, droughts and floods, good times and bad, creates strong bonds of friendship that can help us withstand whatever life throws our way.